At first glance, Alan Ayckbourn’s “Absurd Person Singular” seems like the usual comedy built around the rockiness of marital life. Three couples are shown in successive Christmas get togethers running the expected gamut of emotion along the razor’s edge of matrimony.

This rollercoaster offers more than just cheap laughs as it outlines the effects of status and class on our visions of ourselves and our relationships. In the end, it becomes a window into human egotism and the self delusion of frailties.

Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) will run this three act work July 15-31. Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $18, $12 for students.

For tickets contact the box office at 251-928-4366 or go to theatre98.org.


New MMoA exhibits premiere
A quartet of new exhibits have been unveiled at the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) celebrating the philanthropists, collectors, artists and educators who make these forms possible and further their existence for present and future generations.

“Outside In” features 40 years of acquisitions from the now-defunct Art Patrons League of Mobile, a volunteer nonprofit group. For 40 years the patrons raised funds for public art, education and community service. Museum acquisitions from their efforts will be on display through Feb. 5, 2017.

“A Passion for the Past” celebrates the museum’s collection of contemporary ceramics and glass from collectors Charles G. Schoenknecht and Ward A. Paul. This show focuses on pieces covering the period 1880-1960, encompassing the Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Art Moderne and Mid-Century Modernism movements. It runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

“1945-Present: Wood from the Collection” covers the post-War rise of the Studio Crafts Movement wherein woodworking was implemented with greater aplomb into fine arts. The exhibit will be in place through Sept. 24, 2017.

“ART: WORK” is the annual exhibition from the Bay Area Art Educators stressing the insight into the creative process discovered through teaching. The exhibit runs through Nov. 27, 2016.

Also on Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m. Spring Hill Presbyterian Director of Music Dr. Randall C. Sheets will give a talk on “Mindfulness, Listening and Janet Cardiff’s ‘Forty Part Motet.’ Participation is free.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for active military and students. It is free for children under 6.

Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m and entrance is free.

Go to mobilemuseumofart.com for more information.